Welcome to a new Internet platform aimed at empowering your participation in tackling one of the greatest challenges of our time.

For decades, the global ocean — which covers 70 percent of our planet and hosts 80 percent of its life — has suffered from human inattention, ignorance and active abuse.

But in June 2017, the ocean will finally begin to get the attention it deserves. That’s when thousands of people will gather in New York for the first-ever United Nations summit on the fate of the oceans. The UN Ocean Conference, June 5 to 9, is just the beginning of a long journey to make our seas healthy again.

Taking care of our oceans is now a global goal: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development.”

How can we achieve SDG 14? This new platform — website, social media feeds, and more to come — will help you get oriented and plugged into action opportunities, starting with  a focus on SDG 14 itself and the ocean conference. The platform is managed by the AtKisson Group, a global network of  sustainability advisors, communicators and educators.

In addition to our news summaries, briefings and independent selections of “best of …” websites and resources, you’ll get eyewitness accounts from people working on ocean issues, and links to sources of both science information and cultural inspiration.

Would you like to publish here? Have a tip? Contact us with your ideas and thoughts.

For more information on the SDGs as a whole, see our sister website, 17Goals.org.